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Ashford University
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
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Great experience. I truly gained the knowledge and writing experience needed to enhance my current career in education. While any online program is demanding the consistent course structure was a great support for an online accelerated graduate program

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009
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Wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy. They lied to me and messed my credit up and made it to where I couldn't go back to school till I had there's paid off I'm now almost 30 and finally going to nursing school to start my career. I recommend you not to do online schooling.

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elenor sparks - about 1 month ago

A professor at this school was giving the students a hard time and not responding to them. Student's turned her in and most of them were punished for plagerism. I think it's strange none of these students had trouble in the past from any professor. I think something is wrong with this and wrong with this so called school.

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Treated as a number, not a person
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been with Ashford university for over a year now and I don't like how they have their computers make the schedule. The computer scheduled me for a class that wasn't part of my degree plan and then it changed my degree plan to match it a few days later. I emailed my advisor about it and the only response I had gotten was that it was. I responded that I was angry about the change and willing to leave the college if they enforced this change from the computer. My schedule did get changed back, but it's been a day and a half since I responded and never got any communication from them about it. This isn't the first time the computer scheduled something incorrectly and I had to address it myself. There is no checks and balance system for their computer system and the advisors only do a little bit of the actual scheduling. It's up to the student (which has to pay full attention to the changes made in their degree plan/schedule) to ensure that the computer is doing the right thing. I would not suggest this college to anyone because they treat you as a number in their system and they will only call you if you are late on your assignments or have paper work to fill out. If it's something that they own you, good luck receiving any information on it from them unless you ask. The only reason why I'm staying in this college is because I only have 1 year left and the college I received my Associates from doesn't have a Bachelor's degree program in education.

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Tammie Dunn - about 1 month ago

I am just starting and I received a course list for my degree and I can tell you what class I will be taking before any computer prints a schedule. Computer programs are not perfect and let me guess - who is responsible for your activity? You, right? Of course you have to verify things are done the way you expect them to be. It sounds like you are trying to put your laziness onto someone else. Something as important as a college degree leading to a career needs to be monitored, but that's only for people that actually are acting like they have a stake in their education. A degree in education - you wouldn't teach people to expect others to do everything for them would you?

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Sara Spaulding - about 1 month ago

Sounds to me like you must be employed at Ashford, Tammie. The only person who should be monitoring the classes of a student is the Advisor, as they are the ones who KNOW which classes you need to take for your degree and WHEN the best time is to do it. Stop shifting accountability to the student, we pay for our degrees and we expect these lazy advisors to do their jobs since they are being compensated to do it.

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Rhonda - 12 days ago

Just to let everyone know that computers do not generate or reschedule students at Ashford. This is done by Matriculation and Student Advisors. There is also no way of the computer changing a degree. The student must request this change via an online form in their portal.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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I hate this school. It is absolutely terrible. They screwed me over completely multiple times. The last straw was when I failed a class and had to pay them back before I could even move on to any other classes. So I was working on a payment plan with my financial adviser. We started figuring something out and all of a sudden my balance/"Case" got sent to collections by some other idiot in the financial aid department. My financial aid lady said there was nothing she could do about it. (I WAS LIVID) You have somebody sitting there willing to pay you, not trying to get out of paying you and you send my my account to collections???? They suck at communicating with each other. Its ridiculous...I would have one person call me for something and the next day someone would email or call me about the same thing. (This was throughout my time there and didn't just have to do with me paying them back- which is all the cared about) I honestly felt like i was just a number to them and all they gave a crap about was the money I was paying them. I obtained 36 credits and i am 17,000 dollars IN DEBT. I know some people who obtained their bachelors degrees for under 20,000 from junior colleges/state schools. I know it is more expensive to do online schooling (I'm quite aware) but really, that much more expensive? Its absolutely mind blowing and ridiculous. WAY TO EXPENSIVE on top of it being a crappy school. They don't care about you, so don't let them fool you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, i feel like i did't learn anything. You could scoot your way through doing the bare minimum and pass. If that sounds like the right education for you, go for it. ASHFORD IS A JOKE. Btw, no I did not graduate from Ashford.

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2017
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I'm in school now, the instructors are very helpful and caring. They do take the time and reach out to you when you need them. I remember not being able to complete my assignment, I emailed my instructor and told her my situation and she help me until i got it right on my own.

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MBA Program
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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If you are disciplined and understand the business world then I recommend AU for your educational needs. Although the Financial Aid Advisors are not the most customer service oriented people around the Student Portal is user friendly and the Instructors do respond in a timely manner (usually within 1 business day - keep in mind they have day jobs too). The degree(s) coupled with market experience will land you a six-figure salary with a very good organization. Do not let the academic advisors pressure you into admissions. They are held to quotas so make sure you are in control from the beginning and do your research before selecting a program that is right for you.,

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Sara Spaulding - about 1 month ago

Clearly you aren't as educated about this school as you let off to be. They aren't accredited for MBA in Business. Just go to their Facebook page and read for yourself. There are tons of angry students who have finished college there and can't find employment because Ashford isn't accredited. There. Now get rid of that green check mark and stop making people believe this school is the best choice for them. Clown.

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Cristina - 25 days ago

I read the same thing on an article from the huffington post, that they were at risk of losing their accreditation. The only problem is that the post was dated in 2012. I can't find anything about them not being currently accredited.

Would not reccomend
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Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2015
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On the surface Ashford is rainbows and butterflies. They love military students because they pay for the courses. The Admission shark is hot on that and sells the "discount" to you. You get enrolled and have to take prescribed courses to start then you may choose some of the schedule as you go. 1. Instructors are not on the same sheet of music. You learn the APA style in your early class work then as you go the instructors all interpret it differently and the student loses. When you ask questions 80% of the instructors who do respond write to you as if you are a burden on them and make you out to be not competent. 2. When in my last class I asked my instructor if there was an issue with an assignment since it was two weeks since the work was submitted. There was no response just a harshly graded paper. This then went to the final project as well since the instructor was upset he was asked a question. Your advisors are not always the same nor available when you need them. Sometimes it takes over a week to get a response. However, if they need something they are all over you like bees on honey. Now as I seek employment in my field of study I am being laughed away. They see Ashford on my Resume and my body of work goes from hero to zero. It is obviously not a respected University by the vast majority of America and now I must pay the price for a second , actually respected degree.

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CharJay - about 1 month ago

Hi Arlam,

That is unfortunate you had difficulty attending Ashford University. I noticed you posted you're graduating in 2015. I do not know if your potential employers are looking at the fact that you haven't graduated or attended Ashford. If you haven't already go to Career Services and get some assistance on your resume' and it's presentation. I had a great experience with Ashford University and hope the best for you. Take what you have and use it to the max.

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Arlam - about 1 month ago

C.,

I have graduated and employers see the school and ask "why didn't you attend a respectable university? ". Career services is not helpful at all. I sent my resume to them explained what it was and got in the reply what I already told them. I have already told friends early in their programs there to bail while they can

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CharJay - about 1 month ago

Perhaps it is due to your major. I have never experienced that.

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Kristin - about 1 month ago

Hi Arlam,

I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with Ashford. I completed my entire MA there and did not have one issue. In fact, my instructors were amazing and prompt on their replies. I made sure to observe their individual response time turn-around as to manage my expectations. I also have not experienced an employer question Ashford's reputation. I'm sorry you are experiencing that and I would not want to work for an employer that disrespected any of my colleges, just a personal note. Maybe you are applying for jobs that require specific training in homeland security. If that is the case then you should have looked a specific job or field and investigated what degrees were necessary and then worked backwards to ensure you have the correct education. I encourage everyone to do the same if they know exactly what career path they want. Good luck to you Arlam.

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Angela - about 1 month ago

I'm sorry you seem to be having so many issues with finding a job but the school is probably not the problem. You could have an impeccable service record as well but the work you have done with the military may not be what Homeland or another company is looking for. It's not enough anymore to have military background and/or a degree. Your experience is what speaks. You have to be able to sale yourself and apparently that is where you are lacking.

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Arlam - about 1 month ago

Angela,

DHS has a wide array of opportunities. The career field I was in with the Military directly translates to many of those positions. The sale as you said maybe an issue however, the feedback from the process all lines directly at Ashford and the fact they have a less than desired reputation amongst employers.

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Degree: Criminology
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am in awe at the utter stupidity of some of the "students" on here making reviews. If you have ever been a student here, why are you questioning why you have to pay for classes that you took and failed? Are those supposed to be free when you dont pass? In what world are you living in? You take a class past the drop/withdrawal date and you are financially responsible. Maybe read your enrollment agreement before you enroll because its in plain english. Also, financial aid consists of loans AND grants, unless you are at a school where tuition is lower than the $5730 max available on Pell Grant (which is not available to everyone)...do your homework. If you go to a school where the tuition, with books and tech fees is $11,000/year and you are eligible for $4500 in Pell Grant, then who do you think pays for the remaining costs? God? If you dont have a scholarship or other rant, or tuition reimbursement, and are just using financial aid, then LOANS is what will help you. Ive had to use a combo of Pell and loans all except for my first year when I was in community college and it was $2300/yr. The Pell paid for it all and I had money come back. But you are at a University. Its very different. Stop freaking whining. Ashford has been a good school for a lot of people.

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RENE - about 1 month ago

THANK YOU! I cannot believe the stupid comments that I have read concerning Ashford; I agree, do your homework and read!!!!

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Laura - about 1 month ago

You didn't state anything about the school at all. I agree that the one person's comment about finances struck me as odd, but that person complained about their service which I agree with. I'm thinking about leaving after a year there (with only 33 credits remaining) because of how I have been treated by their computer and lack of communication from the staff. I had an instructor treat me like dirt when I asked a simple question and he ruined a class that I was really excited about (Informal Logic) because I teach students critical thinking. I myself am an instructor/writer for a college level military course (students can receive 27 credits for the classes we teach). Some classes I haven't had an issue with at all, but sometimes I feel like I'm not challenged the way I should be in some classes. When I am challenged, the instructors do not provide value to the feedback to make myself better.

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Sara Spaulding - about 1 month ago

You do realize that crying about others crying only makes you look ignorant, right? There are more who are against this University than for, so do your homework there before jumping on here like some Financial Aide guru because most of the complaints I have read were mostly of the lack of professionalism by the University, which, if I am going to pay for an online University, I expect my instructors to be at least a TEENY bit competent. If you attend there, you're probably being spoon fed and are letting their false confidence convince you that you're smart when you actually aren't. Go read some more reviews and come back when you've grown more brains. :)

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melissa - about 1 month ago

Sara, I am working on my second masters...it isn't that which makes me smart though..it's the fact that I think before I speak and I do my research, clearly unlike yourself....it doesn't take much research to know that if you drop past the drop/withdrawal date at ANY university, you aren't getting financial aid if you haven't completed 66% of the course in the term...your FAFSA award is based on full time and gets sent back or returned to Title I if a student drops...

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Sara Spaulding - about 1 month ago

I honestly could care less what you're currently pursuing. I was smart enough to get out of there before I invested anymore time in that horrible place. Clearly, you're one of those students who like to be spoon fed an education. Let me remind you that just because someone tells you that you're smart, doesn't necessarily mean that you are. I don't care HOW much money you paid to be told that. It's a lie. So, again, I will IMPLORE you to do additional research before opening your irrationally arrogant mouth! Anything else you want to say? I suggest you actually READ the REVIEWS critically, a skill that you supposedly LEARNED in EXP 105, although I seriously doubt you actually paid any attention. If you have the book in your Constellation, I suggest you give it another read, if you don't, I suggest you get it, and give it another read. I don't spoon-feed morons common sense. Sorry.

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Michael Hermon - 30 days ago

Every school has students that were not satisfied or couldn't get jobs afterward. The question is whether Ashford is significantly worse in important ways than, say, their local community college or state four year institution.

Do people have evidence of that?

It's hard because you would need a comparison, which require experiences that most of us don't have.

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2013
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A friend told me about Ashford University and I was a bit weary about attending at my age. I decided one day to give it a try and I am glad I did. I received my degree in Early Childhood Administration and now I am seriously thinking about working on my Master's Degree at Ashford University.

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Ashford was a Wonderful Experience!
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Degree: Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I attended Ashford University for a little over 3 1/2 years, received a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, minored in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It was the best college I ever attended. The instructors, advisory and curriculum were great. I learned tremendously.

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Lisa j - 2 months ago

Please tell me if you found employment after graduation. I want to follow in the same degree/field as you have done. Please respond back..Thanks

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CharJay - about 1 month ago

Hi Lisa j,

I am at a local university now for my Masters degree in Human Services Administration. I am glad I chose Healthcare Administration, minor in Psychology not only due to it being of great interest to me, it opened up a lot of opportunities for employment. When I first graduated I went for positions that were on the executive level (home health administrator),which I did have experience in yet I had difficulty landing employment. After about 4 months I applied for positions on a professional entry or management level. Once I did that I received more responses. I am now employed as a supervisor for an organization that assists adult living with developmental delays. I have learned it is best to be open to all facets of your degree. Ashford's Career Services are awesome, my resume' is well put together and provided me with interviews. Where ever you reside look into Career Fairs that are held at local colleges, that's where I had 3 offers and had to pick which one I wanted the most.

I hope all goes well!

CharJay

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